According to a senior executive from AstraZeneca, one of the vaccine manufacturers currently developing a Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) jab, the company was recently granted blanket immunity protection against all future product liability claims.
What this means is that those who get vaccinated are completely on their own should they develop a serious side effect or die. AstraZeneca's only job is to create and distribute the shot, in other words – the rest is on you.
"This is a unique situation where we as a company simply cannot take the risk if in … four years the vaccine is showing side effects," admitted Ruud Dobber, a member of AstraZeneca's senior executive team.
"In the contracts we have in place, we are asking for indemnification. For most countries it is acceptable to take that risk on their shoulders because it is in their national interest," he added.
Currently, there are about 25 pharmaceutical companies racing to produce Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines. Hundreds of millions of these vaccines could be ready as soon as late 2020, with many more arriving in 2021.
More than two billion no-liability vaccines to be produced by AstraZeneca
While Dobber did not indicate which countries are going to be releasing its liability-free vaccines, we know that the United States is one of them.
Thanks to the 2005 Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act, also known as the PREP Act, products that are designated as necessary to address a public health crisis are already excluded from tort claims.